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HeroPress: By Helping Others, I Save Myself

HeroPress: By Helping Others, I Save Myself
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I think I met Ed Finkler at WordCamp Milwaukee in 2016. It was at the speaker dinner, and he sat across from me for a while. He seemed like a pretty normal WordPress developer and several weeks later I asked him to do a HeroPress essay. His answer surprised me. “Well sure, that sounds pretty cool, aside from the fact that I don’t really do WordPress anymore”.

As it turns out, he had mostly retired from active WordPress development. His every day world was now filled with working in different frameworks and languages, amongst people who help WordPress in disdain. But Ed’s view fascinated me. For all that he was working with more modern frameworks, WordPress is what made him a great developer. The empathy and compassion for the user that WordPress holds so dearly carried over into the rest of his life.

So what was he doing at WordCamp? Spreading the word about his cool new organization, which I will leave for you to read about.

How WordPress Taught Me To Be a Better Developer

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I think I met Ed Finkler at WordCamp Milwaukee in 2016. It was at the speaker dinner, and he sat across from me for a while. He seemed like a pretty normal WordPress developer and several weeks later I asked him to do a HeroPress essay. His answer surprised me. “Well sure, that sounds pretty cool, aside from the fact that I don’t really do WordPress anymore”. As it turns out, he had mostly retired from active WordPress development. His every day world was now filled with working in different frameworks and languages, amongst people who help WordPress in disdain.…

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HeroPress: Freedom to Parent

HeroPress: Freedom to Parent
Pull quote: WordPress has given me much more than just a job. It has given me back my pride, my strength, a social life.

In any post about how WordPress changes lives the word Freedom invariably comes up. Freedom to be yourself, to travel, to grow, learn, even age. This week’s replay is about the freedom to parent.

Ines was a young single mother without advanced education during an economic downturn. Things seemed bleak.

Through her own hard work and effort she learned the fundamentals of web development, but it was WordPress that allowed her to pursue that profession from her own home. She was able to be home with her baby and care for him the way she saw fit. He was able to grow getting to know his mother every day instead of a day care worker.

WordPress can be an incredible source of freedom for single parents, allowing them to have a solid career while also being good parents.

Getting A Life

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In any post about how WordPress changes lives the word Freedom invariably comes up. Freedom to be yourself, to travel, to grow, learn, even age. This week’s replay is about the freedom to parent. Ines was a young single mother without advanced education during an economic downturn. Things seemed bleak. Through her own hard work and effort she learned the fundamentals of web development, but it was WordPress that allowed her to pursue that profession from her own home. She was able to be home with her baby and care for him the way she saw fit. He was able…

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HeroPress: Accessibility Where It Matters

HeroPress: Accessibility Where It Matters
Pull Quote: The beauty of WordPress and its community is that we can create opportunities for ourselves.

One of the things that I’ve always loved about WordPress is how it provides things to people. It provides a living to those who have none, it provides community to those without one, and it can provide tools to those who need them.

Amanda Rush is blind, and navigates a world that is often hostile to blind people. WordPress developers work very very hard to make the WordPress software usable by people with no sight.

A wonderful by-product of that is that Amanda and people like her can build a career for themselves, without depending on a physically friendly workplace and a physically friendly transit.

WordPress provides Freedom to those who deal with a world that’s built to be hostile toward them.

Finding Freedom in WordPress

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One of the things that I’ve always loved about WordPress is how it provides things to people. It provides a living to those who have none, it provides community to those without one, and it can provide tools to those who need them. Amanda Rush is blind, and navigates a world that is often hostile to blind people. WordPress developers work very very hard to make the WordPress software usable by people with no sight. A wonderful by-product of that is that Amanda and people like her can build a career for themselves, without depending on a physically friendly workplace…

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HeroPress: Succeeding in Egypt

HeroPress: Succeeding in Egypt
Pull quote: If you didn’t fail, you probably haven’t *truly* succeeded yet.

This week’s HeroPress rewind is by Shady Sharaf from Cairo, Egypt. Shady is really the kind of person I had in mind when I started HeroPress: talented and smart, but isolated. The WordPress community is relatively small in Cairo, given the number of people that live there. So he leans on the international community for the kinds of relationships others (who can just go to WordCamps whenever they want) might take for granted.

Shady’s essay came to me during a time of unrest in Egypt, yet he still got up every morning, took care of his family, and got work done. He’s one of my heroes for a number of reasons, as well as a good friend.

Ambition, Persistence, and Self-Motivation

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This week’s HeroPress rewind is by Shady Sharaf from Cairo, Egypt. Shady is really the kind of person I had in mind when I started HeroPress: talented and smart, but isolated. The WordPress community is relatively small in Cairo, given the number of people that live there. So he leans on the international community for the kinds of relationships others (who can just go to WordCamps whenever they want) might take for granted. Shady’s essay came to me during a time of unrest in Egypt, yet he still got up every morning, took care of his family, and got work…

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HeroPress: Finding Family Wherever You Can

HeroPress: Finding Family Wherever You Can
Pull Quote: Without the WordPress community, I don't know where I would be now.

I don’t actually remember when I met Jeff Matson.  As I look back over the last 8 years I know there were times I didn’t know him, and then suddenly he was there, immediately a good friend. And then, for all that I thought I knew him, his HeroPress essay shed an entirely new light on who he is.

I believe that what we know about people shapes how we view them. Now I know that Jeff plowed through some crazy, dangerous, harmful things in his young life and somehow still ended up a stable, intelligent, reliable adult. Many kids in that life don’t make it this far.

I’m proud of what the WordPress community has contributed to his life, and I’m grateful to Jeff for what he’s has contributed to this community.

Out Of The Darkness

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HeroPress: Second Careers

HeroPress: Second Careers
Pull Quote: I'd rather solve the right problem with code that has room for improvement, than solve the wrong problem with perfect code.

I’m always fascinated by people who find second careers when they’re at the top of their game in the first one. To be really excellent at something and then switch to something else altogether is fascinating to see. Very often those people bubble to the top of whatever career they venture into.

This week’s HeroPress replay is titled “Moving On From Moving On Stage” by Karin Taliga. Karin is a dancer, and has had a rich and full career in that field. But the web called to her. Like the siren’s song, always keening “Come play here, it’s wonderful!”

When someone recommended I contact Karin 2 years ago she was winding up her dancing career and moving into a full time career as a web developer. The whole concept of a second career sounds exciting. I’ve always thought of “career” as something you do your whole life. But Karin has more adult life ahead of her than behind her, and I’m super excited to see where she goes with it.

Check out Karin’s original post from May of 2016.

Moving On From Moving On Stage

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